We Answer ALL Your Questions About The Crown's First Season
EPISODE 1: WOLFERTON SPLASH
The pilot episode of Netflix’s most expensive series ever made opens with a sick man coughing up a storm and spewing out blood in a toilet. This man later is revealed to be King George VI. Prince Philip renounces his Danish and Greek titles and becomes Duke of Edinburgh in order to wed Princess Elizabeth.
was the history behind Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s relationship ?
Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth on the day they announced their engagement
The portrayal of the moment after Prince Philip renounced his Danish and Greek throne
Earlier, it was reported that Elizabeth the Queen Mother had been pushing for her daughters to marry into aristocratic English families similar to her own: those of nobility, rather than royalty. But the bond between Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip strengthened during his time as an officer in World War II. The pair corresponded with each other and when the war ended, Prince Philip asked the King for his eldest daughter’s hand in marriage. Elizabeth always had a crush on Philip and he was her first and only romantic partner. Despite King George VI's initial reservations about his heir apparent marrying a Greek prince, Philip and Elizabeth's marriage is still going strong 69 years later.
What was King George sick of
King George VI making his broadcast after the breakout of World War II
Did Prince Philip really sleep naked?
In one surprising scene, we see Prince Philip in bed baring his bottom. This is based on actual fact and according to Claire Foy, the actress who plays Elizabeth, the scene was included to keep the show realistic.
EPISODE 2: HYDE PARK CORNER
King George VI is found dead while Princess Elizabeth is on tour with Prince Philip in Kenya. She automatically succeeds her father.
Why was King Edward VIII's abdication such a big deal
In a metaphorical sense, abdication was like murder because accepting the crown meant the death of Albert's old identity and the birth of a new one, one where he could no longer walk alongside his wife, among other things, because the crown superseded everything else. Remember, Prince Albert never expected to take on the monarchy but after his elder brother chose to abdicate the throne so he could marry a divorcee, the heavy burden of the crown was passed on to Albert and his entire lineage.
The name of a large park in London was the code used to signify King George VI’s death.
Did then-Princess Elizabeth throw a tennis racket at Prince Philip
Must a monarch take a new name?
Monarchs get to choose their regnal names—the name monarchs and popes go by during their reign—upon ascension. When attendant Martin asked Elizabeth what name she would go by, she simply declared, “My own, of course—what else?” There have been monarchs who chose regnal names different from their Christened names, sometimes for continuity and other times because of the history of the regnal name. Many speculate that Prince Charles will choose a different regnal name since the history of the name “Charles” has not been a pleasant one and King Charles II is remembered as a womanizer.
What does Hyde Park Corner mean
EPISODE 3: WINDSOR
It is in this episode that the funeral arrangements for King George VI are underway. The king's elder brother, previously King Edward VIII, now Duke of Windsor, arrives, causing a stir at the palace.
What really happened between the Duke of Windsor and the rest of the royal family
When the time came for Edward to wed his lover, Wallis Simpson, none of the members of the royal family attended the ceremony. The couple was also sent into self-exile in Paris for the remainder of their days. Simpson was also deprived of the title of Royal Highness, which bothered her husband. He relentlessly pursued that title for her throughout their marriage.
In a message to the public, Queen Elizabeth said, “Nothing that can be said can begin to take away the anguish and the pain of these moments. Grief is the price we pay for love.”
The former king could not enter Britain without permission, or risk his private financial arrangements being canceled. His mother, Queen Mary, was not sympathetic to his plight. She once told him that: “It seemed inconceivable to those who had made such sacrifices during the war that you, as their king, refused a lesser sacrifice.” The former king and his wife remained in Paris for the rest of their days but were buried together in Windsor Castle.
How real are those nasty nicknames the Duke and Duchess of Windsor gave their family members
In this episode, the
In return, the family refers to the shunned Duchess of Windsor simply as “that woman.” It is also known that Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother had a great sense of loathing towards her. Even before the abdication, the Queen Mother considered Simpson as ‘the lowest of the low, a thoroughly immoral woman,’ because of her status as a divorcee. During their first meeting, the former Duchess of York accidentally walked in on Simpson doing an impression of her. She also dubbed her ‘the Dowdy Duchess’ and ‘the fat Scottish cook.’
How accurate was the portrayal of Princess Margaret and Peter Townsend’s relationship?
Peter Townsend and Princess Margaret sharing a moment
Their relationship was very real and was actually quite a scandal in that time since Townsend was married and then later divorced. They had met when Margaret was 14 years old and Townsend was 16 years older, but only began to fall in love after the death of King George VI. The palace tried their best to conceal the affair but news eventually broke out after Queen Elizabeth’s coronation.
EPISODE 4: ACT OF GOD
The Great Smog of 1952 marks a tumultuous time in Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s second term, while he tries to divert the cabinet’s attention to Prince Philip’s desire to pilot planes.
Was the Great Smog a real event
Was Venetia Scott, Churchill’s secretary, based on a real character?
The fictional Venetia Scott and Winston Churchill, played by John Lithgow
The Crown’s creator, Peter Morgan, admitted that this character was one of the few fabricated ones in the series, put there mainly to give a greater sense of loss in this episode. Although unreal, Venetia succeeded in drawing out a more vulnerable side of rough-edged Churchill.
EPISODE 5: SMOKE AND MIRRORS
Planning the Queen's coronation proves to be a challenge for everyone involved, as Prince Philip takes the reins. His proposal to televise the ceremony is objected to by the archbishop and Winston Churchill. Meanwhile, the Duke of Windsor gets reminiscent
Did the Duke and Duchess of Windsor decorate their homes with pug memorabilia
The duke and
duchess of Windsor in Paris
Was Prince Philip really reluctant to kneel before the queen
giving the new queen a coronation kiss of homage
What was the story behind the coronation’s airtime
EPISODE 6: MUCH ADO
Princess Margaret and Captain Peter Townsend ask Queen Elizabeth II for permission to marry. While the Queen is initially positive about the idea—of course, she wants to see her sister happy—she requests Margaret to wait till she turns 25 years old.
So did the press really “discover” Princess Margaret and Townsend’s relationship because of that odd gesture
Ben Miles as Peter Townsend and Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret
Why did Queen Elizabeth ask her sister Princess Margaret to wait till she was 25 to get married
Princess Margaret asks for the Queen's permission to wed group captain Townsend
EPISODE 7: SCIENTIA
This episode aptly titled “Knowledge is Power” explores details on the education of Queen Elizabeth and how she acknowledges her own limitations when it comes to it. To make up for this disadvantage, she hires a private tutor named Professor Hogg. Churchill, on the other hand, suffers two strokes and struggles to carry out his duties.
What kind of education did Queen Elizabeth get
Queen Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret, however, were the last royals to have been home-schooled. If this episode of The Crown wasn’t enough of a disclosure that Her Majesty would really have appreciated getting a better education that included science, math, literature, and art courses, know that she made sure her children did. Her son Prince Charles was the first heir to the British throne to have attended university and received a degree.
A young Princess Elizabeth
Who was that cute private secretary of Queen Elizabeth
Did Churchill really hide his stroke from Queen Elizabeth
EPISODE 8: PRIDE & JOY
While featuring more flashbacks to the childhood of Elizabeth (the King’s pride) and Margaret (the King’s joy), this episode also presents even more private details about the early relationship of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip as they set off on a three-month tour of the Commonwealth countries. While they are away, Princess Margaret takes over several of Queen Elizabeth’s royal duties back home and is depicted to have been more pleasant and endearing to the people. This creates tension between the two. The episode also shows the Queen Mother going on vacation to Scotland to mourn her husband King George’s death. Here she ends up buying a castle.
What castle did Queen Mother buy in Scotland
In 1996, the Queen Mother turned over the property to the Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust, which opened it to the public after she passed away in 2002.
was Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret’s relationship in real life?
The show tackles both the beauty and burden involved in the sisters’ relationship, and perhaps for the point of emphasis, the last few episodes of the season focused on dramatizing its aspects of conflict—from jealousy to disloyalty. In real life and for the most part, however, the siblings enjoyed a loving relationship. They were incredibly close, according to royal family friend Reinaldo Herrera, who shared in Vanity Fair, that “Princess Margaret had a telephone on her desk in Kensington Palace with a direct line to the Queen in Buckingham Palace, on which the two would gossip and laugh with each other daily.” When Margaret passed away in 2002, the world, for the first time ever, became a witness to Her Majesty’s grief.
The apparent strain depicted between the royal sisters
EPISODE 9: ASSASSINS
Who was Porchie and was he really cute in real life?
Lord Porchester was Queen Elizabeth’s lifelong friend who became her racing manager. She fondly called him Porchie. Here’s what he looked like:
The Queen holding Lord Porchester's son after the baby's christening
What really was his relationship with Queen Elizabeth?
While the world gossipped about their true relationship then, it
Porchie passed away on September 11, 2001, on the same day the Twin Towers collapsed in a terror attack in New York. In a message to the public, Queen Elizabeth said, “Nothing that can be said can begin to take away the anguish and the pain of these moments. Grief is the price we pay for love.” Many believed that these words were reflective of her grief at her dear friend’s passing. Breaking royal protocol, she also attended Porchie’s private funeral.
Did Churchill really paint?
Yes, he did. While he was best known as one of the greatest prime ministers of Great Britain, he also spent a lot of time painting, and he proved to be very good at it. He produced hundreds of paintings and even made a book titled Painting as a Pastime.
Here are some of his works:
What did the actual portrait of Winston Churchill by Graham Sutherland look like and what really happened to it
EPISODE 10: GLORIANA
This could have been titled Queen Elizabeth Against The World if only for all the tension squeezed into this intense and dramatic finale: Her Majesty versus her personal feelings, her husband, her sister, the Crown, the Church of England, and the parliament, among others. Here we also get to see how Princess Margaret reacts after her sister tells her the devastating news that she may not marry Peter Townsend.
Weren't Margaret and Peter supposed to be allowed to wed when Margaret turned 25? What happened to Queen Elizabeth’s promise to her sister
A teary Princess Margaret speaking to Peter Townsend
Did Townsend get to move on? What about Princess Margaret?
Yes. Townsend was assigned to Belgium, where he met Marie-Luce Jamagne, whom he married. The couple moved to France and had a daughter named Isabelle Townsend, who became a fashion model in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Princess Margaret, on the other hand, married photographer Antony Armstrong Jones, known as Lord Snowdon, three years after her heartbreak, and had two children named Sarah and David. The couple divorced after 18 years of a controversial marriage.